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Kansas Supreme Court Selected Opinion Summaries - March 27, 2009

Summaries and press releases are prepared by Ron Keefover, Office of Judicial Administration, Kansas Judicial Center, 301 West 10th, Topeka, KS 66612-1507 (785-296-2256), e-mail: keefover@kscourts.org.

The Supreme Court today filed decisions in the following cases March 27, 2009. The full text of these decisions may be found at www.kscourts.org.

Appeal No. 98,196: State v. Mark A. Riojas

The Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Eric S. Rosen, affirms the defendant’s Sedgwick County convictions of aggravated robbery and felony murder, which arose from the death of Kenny Brown, who was robbed outside a fast-food restaurant.

Appeal No. 98,133: State v. Carl Cofield

The Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Eric S. Rosen, affirms the defendant’s Wyandotte County convictions of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson, which arose from the drive-by shooting deaths of Antonio Moore and GarMario Ross, who were on foot in a Kansas City, KS, neighborhood when occupants of two cars opened fire on them. (The arson count arose from a subsequent fire that destroyed one of the cars involved in the shooting.)

Appeal No. 99,641: State v. Gabriel Martinez

The Court unanimously affirms the defendant’s Wyandotte County convictions of first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm arising from a drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of David Contreras and wounding of his brother, Nasser Contreras, following a dance.

Appeal No. 98,845: DeAndre Harris v. State of Kansas

The Court unanimously affirms a Wyandotte County decision denying Harris’ motion alleging ineffective assistance of counsel during his trial for the 1996 shooting death of Paul Moore, for which he received the hard 25 prison sentence.  (The conviction was previously affirmed in a direct appeal.)